Purdue 31
Nebraska 27

Nov. 2, 2019 • 11 a.m. Central
Ross-Ade Stadium •West Lafayette, IN • Fox
1st2nd3rd4th F 
First quarter
NEB: Mills 1 run (Pickering kick) 8:32
NEB: Pickering 23 field goal, 2:05
Second quarter
PUR: Doerue 3 pass from Plummer (Dellinger kick) 7:04
PUR: Durham 16 pass from Plummer (Dellinger kick) 0:14
Third quarter
NEB: Pickering 21 field goal, 9:21
PUR: Dellinger 44 field goal, 1:14
Fourth quarter
NEB: Martinez 2 run (Pickering kick) 12:30
PUR: Doerue 7 run (Dellinger kick) 6:50
NEB: Martinez 4 run (Pickering kick) 4:21
PUR: Bell 9 run (Dellinger kick) 1:08

                            NEB      PUR
FIRST DOWNS................. 21       24
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 35-128   36-145
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 247      304
Passes Att-Comp-Int.... 39-22-1  41-31-2
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 74-375   77-449
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards........ 2-11      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 4-97     6-80
Int Returns-Yards......... 2-18      1-9
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 4-35.2   5-30.0
Fumbles-Lost............... 2-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards........... 3-30    10-89
Possession Time.......... 26:57    33:03
Third-Down Conv. ...... 6 of 16  8 of 14
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 1 of 3   0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 5-5      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 3-22      1-5

NEB: Adrian Martinez 12-58; Wan'Dale Robinson 14-29; JD Spielman 3-23; Dedrick Mills 6-18.

PUR: King Doerue 15-71; Jack Plummer 12-61; David Bell 1-9; Zander Horvath 5-9; Aidan O'Connell 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 1; Jackson Anthrop 1-minus 5.

NEB: Adrian Martinez 22-39-1-247.

PUR: Jack Plummer 25-34-2-242; Aidan O'Connell 6-7-0-62.

NEB: Wan'Dale Robinson 7-46; JD Spielman 6-123; Kanawai Noa 4-47; Dedrick Mills 3-14; Kade Warner 1-18; Jack Stoll 1-minus 1.

PUR: Brycen Hopkins 8-97; David Bell 7-23; King Doerue 5-31; Milton Wright 4-69; Zander Horvath 3-49; Payne Durham 2-23; Jackson Anthrop 1-7; Amad Anderson 1-5.

Attendance: 50,606

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Purdue sinks Huskers with late TD drive

Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez led two go-ahead touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, but Purdue answered both, including a touchdown with 1:08 remaining to defeat Nebraska 31-27 in a back-and-forth game Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Nebraska (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten Conference) had leads of 20-17 with 12:30 remaining and 27-24 with 6:50 remaining, only to have Purdue (3-6, 2-4) respond with drives of 13 plays and 12 plays to regain the lead both times. Third-string walk-on quarterback Aiden O’Connell directed the final series after starter Jack Plummer, who was 25-of-34 passing for 242 yards, left the game with an injury.

On third-and-5 from the Nebraska 9-yard line, Purdue called time out and set up a reverse play that resulted in David Bell’s touchdown run with 1:08 remaining. The drive started at Purdue’s 25-yard line with 4:21 on the clock.

Nebraska had one final chance, taking possession at its 20-yard line with 1:01 remaining, but didn’t gain a first down on four incompletions.

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2019 schedule
04/13Reds 24, Whites 13
08/31S. AlabamaW 35-21
09/07@ ColoradoL 31-34
09/14N. IllinoisW 44-8
09/21@ IllinoisW 42-38
09/28Ohio St.L 7-48
10/05NorthwesternW 13-10
10/12@ MinnesotaL 7-34
10/26IndianaL 31-38
11/02@ PurdueL 27-31
11/16WisconsinL 21-37
11/23@ MarylandW 54-7
11/29IowaL 24-27
Darrion Daniels returns an interception in the first quarter.



In their second year under Frost, the Huskers are unlearning everything they figured out about winning football games at the end of the 2018 season.


These are big weeks ahead. Not just for this team, but for Martinez individually and how Frost chooses to handle that quarterback spot.


Nebraska began a drive on Purdue's side of the field four times. To show for it, the Huskers got 25 total yards on 17 plays ... [and] three points.

Hail Varsity

In many ways, this disaster of a game, and a season, may turn out to be a blessing. There are no more excuses for Nebraska. If this team isn’t humbled now, it may never be.

Daily Nebraskan

Should we be surprised through nine games? At this point no. Saturday is the same Nebraska team we've seen all season.


Bottom line, Nebraska's defense faltered miserably in the late stages. Yeah, this loss was a group effort, but the Blackshirts' collapse stands above all other failures.

Lincoln Journal Star

It was just more of the same old same old and the Huskers lost another close game.

Grand Island Independent

Frost was outcoached across the board in this one, and it’s not the first time that’s happened. Meanwhile, Martinez had the kind of game where calls for him to sit were legitimate.

Omaha World-Herald
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